Presentation is privileged to be able to offer an unparalleled scope of field experiences that tie directly to our rigorous grade-level curriculum and standards. Unlike many schools in the Valley, which are restricted due to issues of funding or permission, Presentation offers cornerstone field experience in every grade, including multi-day overnight trips in the upper grades.
Over the past school year, in the lower school, the Kindergartners traveled off campus to see two productions at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts and visited both a pumpkin patch and a farm. The first, second and third grades traveled to several professional dramatic arts productions and visited the DeYoung Museum, the Marin Museum of the American Indian, the Levi Strauss Corporate HQ, Santa Rosa Junior College’s Planetarium and enjoyed a Mission Walking tour and much, much more. Our fourth grade spends three days in Coloma, CA, as part of a year-long unit on California history.
Our overnight field experiences are tied directly to our science or humanities curriculum. In fifth grade, students spend four days in the outdoor laboratories of Westminster Woods. Our sixth grade discover the wonders of marine life at Camp Sea Lab. Seventh graders spend four days immersed in workshops and enjoying performances at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Finally, our eighth grade class experiences first-hand, our nation’s government, culture, and history via their trip to Washington, D.C.
The Primary field trip experiences are a natural extension of our curriculum, which is interactive and designed to help our young learners grow in their ability to make connections between what they are learning in the classroom and the larger world. The kindergarten not only reads the Polar Express in their Language Arts class, but experience our local Train Town theme park in new and varied ways. They are introduced to the combustion engine as well as the magic of belief and hope. Our First graders become ornithologists with their year long study of birds using our own lovely grounds, guest speakers and a bird watching field trip. They also participate with their families in the National Christmas bird count. Our second graders participate with the Sonoma Ecology Center in a month long study of our local oak forest and meadows. They never look at Sonoma County the same. They also explore the sounds of the symphony and travel to San Francisco to listen to majestic sounds of the San Francisco Symphony and their youth symphony. The Third Grade is excited by the natural world and with a trip to the Steinhart Aquarium and Natural History Museum fulfils that curiosity. The Fourth Grade builds on the Second Grade’s experience with the Sonoma Ecology Center and once agains the studies, with the center’s assistance, the ecosystems that make up Sonoma County. They end their year of studying the history of California with an overnight adventure to Coloma, where they see up close and personal the gold country, even panning for gold!
*The Kindergarten through Fourth Grade also go to performances at the Wells Fargo Center when the performances enhance their curriculums.
Upper school curriculum is enriched through our various field trip experiences. Fifth grade students learn about astronomy through their trip to Chabot Space & Science Center, the sixth grade unit on Ancient Egypt is enhanced when students visit the Rosicrucian Museum in San Jose, seventh grade makes their learning about castle/cathedral architecture more concrete when they visit Castillo di Amorosa in Calistoga, and Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. Eighth grade students challenge their own personal comfort zones when they take on the rigors of the Outdoor Ropes Course. Beyond these day trips, our middle school school students have the privilege of spending extended time in learning environments.